Coastal news and updates from GORCC

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The 'Spotters Hut' is a iconic part of the Queens Park Caravan Park and is set to be maintained and protected as part of the proposed plans. 

Draft Plan for Queens Park Caravan Park

Submissions are now invited on a Revised Draft Master Plan for the Queens Park Caravan Park in Lorne.  

The plan identifies a proposed layout for the park and its facilities and services.  The plan also provides background information including key issues and objectives, park values and outlines how the revised draft has responded to feedback received during previous consultation on a preliminary draft (conducted in December 2013 and January 2014).

The revised draft can be viewed and submissions can be made online here.

Alternatively, the plan can be viewed and hard copy submission forms can be collected at the following locations:  
  • The GORCC Office (35 Bell Street, Torquay VIC)
  • The Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park Office (2 Great Ocean Road, Lorne VIC)
The submission period closes Sunday 17 May 2015.

GORCC Staff and Birdlife Australia volunteers are thrilled that three Hooded Plover chicks have survived this season. 

Record survival against the odds

Two Hooded Plover chicks at Moggs Creek and one at Point Roadknight have overcome all odds and taken flight.

Just four vulnerable Hooded Plover chicks on the Surf Coast have fledged after surviving the dangerous 60 days from hatching to fledging since 2010.

The survival of the two chicks at Moggs Creek  is a feat made even more impressive given they were raised by a single dad. The chicks’ mother perished in what is thought to have been a dog, fox or cat attack earlier in 2015, while their sibling was taken by a fox.
The Hooded Plovers have one of the lowest survival rate of any species in the world at 2.5% and are listed as vulnerable under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999.

Volunteers, Birdlife Australia staff and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) team worked tirelessly to protect the chicks from the many threats these beach-nesting birds face.

Efforts were ramped up over the breeding season with the ‘Save the Hoodie’ campaign launched to urge beachgoers to stay well away from nests and keep dogs out of these areas.   

$1000 in prizes donated by G Boards and Go Ride A Wave is still up for grabs, with the the 'Save the Hoodie' competition set to close on 1 April, for more details on how to enter click the link below.

GORCC Education Activity Leader Pete Crowcroft with Torquay College students.

Hundreds descend on beach classroom

260 Torquay College students swapped the classroom for the beach recently as part of educational activities led by Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC).

The year 5 and 6 students enjoyed a week of outdoor activities, guest speakers and hands on learning as part of GORCC’s Environmental Education Program.

Activities focused on topics such as dune preservation, marine wildlife and the importance of fragile ecosystems.  Rock pool investigations were popular, with students relishing the opportunity to discover the interesting creatures that live on the coast.

Foxes are stealthy, opportunistic predators and they're having devestating impact on our environment.

Combined forces in feral fight

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee and Surf Coast Shire are partnering to boost fox control programs in an effort to protect native coastal wildlife.

The Surf Coast Shire has contributed $3000 to GORCC’s current program which has already seen $4000 in GORCC funds invested this financial year.

GORCC CEO Richard Davies said the funding would boost GORCC’s ongoing efforts and help to protect native fauna including the vulnerable Hooded Plover.  

“Many native species are under threat from these introduced predators and beach-nesting shorebirds such as the Hooded Plover are particularly vulnerable.

“With only 2.5% of Hooded Plover chicks currently surviving until they fledge, every effort we make is vital to their existence.
We thank the Surf Coast Shire for their generous support of this vital work,” he said.

Read the full media release

Beacon Ecological Consultant and environmental volunteer Luke Hynes with GORCC Conservation staff Georgie Beale and Evan Francis.

Environmental monitoring to provide coast snapshot

A new monitoring program is set to identify what fauna species are living on our coastal reserves and measure the success of ongoing conservation works.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) is working with volunteer groups to establish a monitoring system which will gather data using a range of techniques including infrared cameras, and mammal surveys.

Flora surveying will also be conducted, with transect lines and photo points to be set up on conservation sites.    

GORCC Environmental Projects Manager, Alex Sedger said that the program will provide an in-depth analysis of the different species living along the coast and help GORCC and volunteers to develop conservation strategies.

Environmental Projects Coordinator Alex Sedger with young open day participants Sam and Max

GORCC Open Day Fun

The recent Australia Day weekend saw crowds flock to the foreshore to enjoy the spectacular weather.   The GORCC Open Day was held on the Saturday of the three day holiday, with a marquee set up on the Elephant Walk Reserve in Torquay.

The successful event attracted approximately 160 locals and visitors who came along to have their say, learn about GORCC’s work and projects, enjoy the giveaways and prizes on offer or participate in the fun, free environmental activities.

Not surprisingly the education activity stall was the stand out favourite of the day providing entertainment and education to kids of all ages who made their own ‘insect hotels’, created their own Hooded Plover badges and more.

While the kids were busy creating their masterpieces at the activity stall, mums, dads and grandparents asked questions about the coast and had their say on GORCC projects. The GORCC’s Draft Coastal User Transport Strategy was on display as was information about coastal hazards and coastal safety.

Contact us

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee
Ph. (03) 5220 5055
Fax. (03) 5264 7763
Mail. PO Box 53 (35 Bell Street), Torquay VIC 3228

For more news, stories and updates from the coast, visit our blog here.


Hours left to have your say and win

There's just hours left to participate in GORCC’s Coast Survey, with everyone who takes part going into the draw to win a $1000  Quiksilver voucher.

The inaugural survey is expected to be conducted every two years with the results to help GORCC to measure and continue to improve on performance when it comes to managing the coast.

Once the survey closes, GORCC will publish a report summarising feedback received which will be available for viewing on the GORCC website

The survey closes midnight, Sunday 29 March. 

Take the survey here.

Torquay Accomodation Special

For the month of April, Surfside cabins are just $139 per night (Monday-Thursday only).   That's $65 per night off!

Visit the park website here to book.

Summer by the Sea success.

GORCC was proud to lead and fund activities on the Surf Coast as part of DELWP and Parks Victoria’s 2015 Summer by the Sea Program.

GORCC-led activities included stand up paddle boarding (a first for Summer by the Sea), rockpool rambles, fossil safaris and coastal craft stalls.

For more than 15 years the Summer by the Sea program has shared the significance of our coast and marine environments, encouraged visitors to tread lightly and highlighted opportunities for coastal stewardship. 

Check out our gallery of images here.

Project consultation periods close

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) had several draft coastal plans on display over January and February 2015, with each consultation period now closed.

Draft plans released for comment included the Fairhaven to Eastern View Draft Master Plan, Draft Coastal User Transport Strategy, Whites Beach Toilet Block Draft Plan, Darian Road Car Park Upgrade Draft Plan and draft changes to GORCC's Caravan and Camping Park Rules.

The feedback received on each draft plan will now be considered in the development of a final version of each plan, and consultation reports will be prepared and released on the GORCC website.

More information on current projects can be found here,

Tenders invited for Jan Juc amenities

GORCC is seeking tenders from suitably qualified and experienced providers for the demolition of existing and construction of a toilet block located in Jan Juc in the Surf Beach Carpark Jan Juc. Approx 72 square metre building on the Jan Juc Foreshore reserves.
All applications will be treated confidentially. Closing date: 4 pm, Friday 24th April 2015

More information is available here.

Grants available

If you would like to informed about other available grants, check out Our Community

Our Community is a great resource for community and volunteer groups, offering a monthly Easy Grants newsletter and all sorts of other advice and tools for not-for-profit groups, including training in areas such as grant writing and fundraising. 

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is appointed by the Victorian Government to manage 37 kilometres of Crown land foreshore reserves along the Great Ocean Road between Torquay and Lorne. We are a small community-based, not-for-profit organisation comprising 12 voluntary committee members and around 30 staff and we want everyone to love, protect and enjoy our beautiful coast as much as we do!

Our work includes the protection of natural and cultural values along the coast, operation and maintenance of coastal assets, infrastructure and facilities, and the running of caravan parks in Torquay and Lorne. Great Ocean Road Coast News is produced bi-monthly to keep you informed about our work and coastal news and issues in general.

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